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Event: When the Cats Away – Oct 2023

One of New Zealand’s most cherished bands ever, When The Cat’s Away, will reunite for the first time in 33 years in a special, one-night-only event, to farewell their friend and fellow bandmate, Margaret Urlich, who sadly lost her life last year.
A TRIBUTE TO MARGARET URLICH at Auckland’s Town Hall on Sunday, 1 October will feature the four original members of the Hall of Fame group Debbie Harwood, Annie Crummer, Dianne Swann and Kim Willoughby, performing their biggest hits including Melting Pot and Asian Paradise.
The multi-media event will honour the extraordinary life of the singer described as a “true and rare talent, who lit up any room”, a four-time winner of New Zealand Female Vocalist of the Year, winner of Best Selling New Zealand Artist of the Year, an Aria-award winner, a mother and a friend. Proceeds from this event will go to Margaret’s family.
The event will also feature original members of the When the Cat’s Away backing band, BrettAdams and Gary Verberne on guitars and Holidaymakers’ maestro Barbara Griffin on keys, as well as The Band of Gold who have been Debbie and Margaret’s NZ band for the past 14 years. To honour Margaret’s solo career, there will be some very special guests joining When the Cat’s Away for performances of her songs Escaping, Only My Heart Calling, Room That Echoes, Boy in the Moon and more.
Founding member Debbie Harwood says the band, whose The Melting Pot Tour was the biggest tour in NZ music history, playing to over 85,000 people one summer, wanted to do something special to honour Margaret.
“Sadly we didn’t get to say goodbye,” says Debbie. “Marg lived in New South Wales, Covid and the closed borders meant we just couldn’t get there. We wanted to celebrate her life in the best possible way singing the songs we loved performing together. 

WHEN THE CASTS AWAY (one night only)

1st October 2023

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